Aphyllanthes monspeliensis

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John

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Aphyllanthes monspeliensis
« on: October 30, 2011, 05:10:33 PM »
Aphyllanthes monspeliensis is a lovely herbaceous plant that we saw in quantity is Catalonia. Almost blue the fleeting flowers are produced over a period of time from the bracted inflorescences. Many years ago I collected seed of this in southern France and grew it successfully in a pot here in London. Eventually I planted it out on the rockery at work where it grew well and flowered for many more years which means that it is quite frost hardy.
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David Bracey

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Re: Aphyllanthes monspeliensis
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 09:55:12 PM »
A monspeliensis grows in very large clumps in the garrigue close to Uzes.  It is quite spectacular having an "architectural" growth. I always thought it would make an excellent mass planting in the garden  or "couvre sol" in French.  I think I remember Jean saying that it was quite rare.
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